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Community power forces WA Labor to honour deal

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Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, says the Mitchell Freeway extension to Romeo Road will start construction next year, after WA Labor finally agreed to honour their promise to fund 50% of the extension.

“Thank you to everyone who signed my petition calling on WA Labor to stick to the original deal and fund their half of this critical project,” Mr Porter said.

“It is our community’s perseverance that will see this project become a reality, getting each person who uses the Freeway home faster and safer.”

Mr Porter launched a campaign to get the Mitchell Freeway extended to Romeo Road in 2017 after the Federal Liberal Government-funded extension to Hester Avenue was opened.

“The Federal Liberal Government secured $108 million for the extension of the Freeway to Romeo Road, which led WA Labor to promise to provide the other half of the funding in April last year.

“They then broke that promise and now after 12 months of community pressure they are making the promise again – the extension could have been built by now if they had kept their promise in the first place.

“This type of game playing is shameless – the only people WA Labor are hurting are those people stuck in traffic trying to get home to their families, and WA Labor isn’t fooling anyone.”

Mr Porter said the next step was to get WA Labor to reverse their decision to scrap the widening of the Mitchell Freeway southbound between Hepburn Avenue and Hodges Drive.

“They cut $74 million from widening projects, including at one of the Freeway’s worst bottlenecks, meaning people will spend more time in traffic every morning just trying to get to work.

“If WA Labor really cared about people in our northern suburbs they wouldn’t be celebrating, they would be working hard to get that funding restored.”